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Convict [Ralph "Bucky" Phillips] Caught in N.Y. Trooper Shooting
AP via Ask.com ^ | September 9, 2006 | CAROLYN THOMPSON

Posted on 09/09/2006 1:21:15 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper

CARROLL, N.Y. (AP) - A fugitive who once threatened to "splatter pig meat all over Chautauqua County" in upstate New York surrendered without firing a shot, ending a five-month manhunt for a career criminal suspected of shooting three state troopers, one fatally.

With helicopters circling above a field just over the Pennsylvania state line and SWAT teams and U.S. Marshals closing in, a gaunt and exhausted Ralph "Bucky" Phillips threw up his hands. Police ordered him to the ground, handcuffed him and sped him to New York state to face charges of attempted murder.

"The bottom line is the pressure was so great on him," said New York State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett. "The game was up and he knew it."

Phillips' arrest Friday night capped a frantic day that included troopers firing at him as he hid in the woods along the state line.

For hours, police had methodically moved closer to him. Just before nightfall, 25 SWAT officers and 12 dogs swept through a field where he was thought to be hiding. He gave himself up around 8 p.m., police said.

Phillips, a 44-year-old career thief who has spent 20 of the past 23 years in state prison, was taken to a jail in Buffalo and was to be arraigned Saturday morning on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He will go to Chemung County later in the day where he will be arraigned on an attempted murder charge in connection with the shooting of a trooper in June.

Police have said he could face other charges including aggravated murder and assault, burglary and larceny.

Phillips, who had also threatened to commit "suicide by cop," was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. The threat to "splatter pig meat" was in a note he left behind for officers when he left the Chautauqua County Jail several years ago.

Since his escape, he twisted and turned his way throughout southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania, stealing cars, burglarizing homes and camps and relying on acquaintances to stay free, police said. He may have stolen 41 guns from a New York gun shop, authorities said.

Friday's search started shortly before 2 a.m. in Pennsylvania when a police officer tried to pull over a car police said Phillips had stolen. After a short chase, the car crashed and Phillips bolted into the woods.

A half-hour later, Phillips stole a second car and drove back into New York, where troopers began a second chase, authorities said.

Phillips jumped out of the moving car and ducked into woods, zigzagging back and forth between New York and Pennsylvania, authorities said. Police dogs tracked his scent for several hours until he was spotted by two troopers, Bennett said.

As troopers approached, Phillips wheeled around with a pistol in his hand but did not fire, police said. One of the troopers fired an undisclosed number of shots as Phillips disappeared into the thick woods.

Phillips became the subject of a huge search after allegedly shooting a state trooper near Elmira in June. The trooper survived.

Then, authorities said, he ambushed and shot two New York state troopers on Aug. 31 as they staked out the home of Phillips' former girlfriend. One trooper, Joseph Longobardo, died on Sunday; the other, Donald Baker Jr., was in critical condition.

Bennett said Phillips surrender will help comfort the Longobardo family.

"Now this miserable creature will suffer for the rest of his life in the New York state prison system," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: convict; copkiller; fbi; fugitive; mostwanted; phillips; ralphbuckyphillips

1 posted on 09/09/2006 1:21:18 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper
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To: BigSkyFreeper

So much for his "suicide by cops". I guess life suddenly appeared to be more appealing.


2 posted on 09/09/2006 1:24:20 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: taxesareforever

He should be put in a steel box. He chipped his way out with a toothbrush.


3 posted on 09/09/2006 1:28:01 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Phillips, a 44-year-old career thief who has spent 20 of the past 23 years in state prison...

What a career...working only 3 years out of 23... ;-)

4 posted on 09/09/2006 2:36:03 AM PDT by Gondring (If "Conservatives" now want to "conserve" our Constitution away, then I must be a Preservative!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

The prosecution ought to be disgusting as well.


5 posted on 09/09/2006 2:36:38 AM PDT by kinoxi
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To: BigSkyFreeper
With helicopters circling above a field just over the Pennsylvania state line ... Police ordered him to the ground, handcuffed him and sped him to New York state to face charges of attempted murder.

What's wrong Bucky, the sight of all those 12gauge smooth bores pointing at your face sure seems to have convinced you to waive extradition awfully quickly....

Oh, I get it... grounds for appeal.

6 posted on 09/09/2006 2:57:54 AM PDT by adamsjas
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To: adamsjas

Interesting. I guess in the long run bucky was more talk than action. I bought into it a few days ago, when I off handedly stated that it appeared bucky wasn't going back to prison no matter what. What's with the spend the rest of his life in prison. Won't there be a trial in the cop shooting and cop murder? How about the death penalty, or is that something else bad about NY.


7 posted on 09/09/2006 3:39:56 AM PDT by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Is New York one of those stupid states that doesn't have the death penalty?


8 posted on 09/09/2006 4:07:12 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Pretty damn close to Petronski/Cyborg country.


Now the bastard can rot.


9 posted on 09/09/2006 4:10:29 AM PDT by Petronski (David Gregory is a drug-addled psychotic scumbag.)
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To: proudofthesouth
New York allows and even promotes abortion....the death of innocents...

but strikes down the death penalty??

Something is very wrong!!

10 posted on 09/09/2006 4:15:49 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
All aiders and abettors of this scum should be charged with murder!
11 posted on 09/09/2006 4:23:10 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Sacajaweau; BigSkyFreeper

New York has the death penalty, but it hasn't been used yet. Supposed to me mandatory for cop killers. I bet he won't get it. Sad, but true.


12 posted on 09/09/2006 4:32:53 AM PDT by panaxanax
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To: BigSkyFreeper

13 posted on 09/09/2006 4:36:23 AM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: panaxanax

The Troopers ought to have blown this bastard away. While I am happy they got him, I wish he were room temperature today.


14 posted on 09/09/2006 4:37:05 AM PDT by tenthirteen
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To: Sacajaweau; BigSkyFreeper

http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2005/04/13/no_more_death_penalty_in_ny_state_for_now.php

I stand corrected.


15 posted on 09/09/2006 4:39:08 AM PDT by panaxanax
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To: tenthirteen

Agree. Now we'll have to feed, house, clothe and pay all his medical bills for the rest of his life. Just one well-placed 50 cent bullet would have saved the citizens millions.


16 posted on 09/09/2006 4:42:30 AM PDT by panaxanax
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To: panaxanax

Doesn't matter. Our DA, Mike Green, goes for life without parole. He's been very successful. When the death penalty WAS available, he didn't go for it...too expensive, a waste of time, the appeals are unending and they wind up serving a life sentence anyway. His ways allow him REAL TIME to keep the system moving. The death penalty is the gridlock of the legal system.


17 posted on 09/09/2006 5:32:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

There's no doubt that this scumbag received help from friends and family. ALL of them should pay a painful price.


18 posted on 09/09/2006 6:41:14 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I'm curious. How could the NY troopers take him back to NY without an extradition hearing?


19 posted on 09/09/2006 7:01:13 AM PDT by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: csmusaret

The article states that they were "along" the New York State line. Without a GPS at hand, it can be reasonably claimed that they were on the New York side of that line. Quite Machiavellian, but it works.


20 posted on 09/09/2006 7:45:14 AM PDT by tenthirteen
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To: panaxanax
New York has the death penalty, but it hasn't been used yet. Supposed to me mandatory for cop killers. I bet he won't get it. Sad, but true.

It was overturned in 2004. Last I heard the NY Senate had revised the death penalty statute in June 2006 and passed it on to the NY Assembly. Don't know what happened to it there.

21 posted on 09/09/2006 12:01:44 PM PDT by ContraryMary (New Jersey -- Superfund cleanup capital of the U.S.A.)
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To: csmusaret
I'm curious. How could the NY troopers take him back to NY without an extradition hearing?

They were deputized in PA.

22 posted on 09/09/2006 12:02:50 PM PDT by ContraryMary (New Jersey -- Superfund cleanup capital of the U.S.A.)
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To: ContraryMary
They were deputized in PA. Don't think so, that still wouldn't allow a contested transfer.

Two theories: Hot pursuit. And Federal custody.

23 posted on 09/09/2006 12:28:01 PM PDT by adamsjas
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To: csmusaret

They spoke about that. It was paperwork. It happened.


24 posted on 09/09/2006 2:01:05 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: adamsjas

I heard the NY troopers were deputy US Marshals.


25 posted on 09/09/2006 3:58:12 PM PDT by OldEagle (May you live long enough to hear the legends of your own adventures.)
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To: Petronski; cyborg
Pretty damn close to Petronski/Cyborg country.

I was kinda worried about you two.

Now that he's caught, let'im rot.

26 posted on 09/09/2006 5:34:16 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: Petronski; BigSkyFreeper

Heh...lots of men with CCW permits around here. I wonder how far he would have made it!


27 posted on 09/09/2006 6:05:59 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: cyborg
....lots of men with CCW permits around here.

Wouldn't be surprised women have CCW permits up in your neck of the woods too! LOL

Mom and dad have a 45 magnum and a 9mm pistol and I have a few of my grandfather's shotguns. LOL

28 posted on 09/09/2006 6:45:52 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

This is true, considering there's a hunting show for women on television!


29 posted on 09/09/2006 6:50:26 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: taxesareforever
So much for his "suicide by cops". I guess life suddenly appeared to be more appealing.

Kinda like that "brave" Jihadist and rat fink coward bin Laden! ;)

30 posted on 09/09/2006 7:36:08 PM PDT by Mr. Buzzcut (metal god ... visit The Ponderosa .... www.vandelay.com ... DEATH BEFORE DHIMMITUDE)
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To: OldEagle
I heard the NY troopers were deputy US Marshals.

That would not be sufficient to drag him back to NY unless he waived Extradition. In fact it doesn't matter at all.

31 posted on 09/09/2006 7:57:45 PM PDT by adamsjas
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To: Mr. Buzzcut
Hiding in a hole in the ground, or dressing like cattle/moosewomen, seems to be a recurring theme with the "brave" geehaidis. Must have been the leadership qualities of muuuhamhead(Pigs be inseminating her) that were inspiring them.


32 posted on 09/09/2006 7:59:45 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (If a monkey bangs away at a typewriter twice a week for ten years it could write an M. Dowd column.)
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To: SJSAMPLE
You might not have noticed where this guy was going, but he pretty well outlined the boundaries of the old Iroquois Confederation.

He was even in the Tuscarora territory in Pennsylvania ~ that's the area traded to the Tuscarora in the Carolinas by Daniel Boone.

The people around there aren't exactly "family and friends" ~ a more appropriate word is "tribe".

BTW, here it is 4 days later and we haven't gotten any new stuff on this guy other than a couple of pieces based on what the police are now saying, and they've backed off from the murder and robbery charges until they complete the investigation. That means taking fingerprints on recovered items, doing interviews, and so forth.

Then, too, somebody has to come up with some excuse for putting over 1,000 cops on this "escaped prisoner" detail. This was a budget buster in New York, and given their difficulties in passing a death penalty bill for cop killers, I'd suggest the budget is of much more concern to Pataki and leadership elite in the legislature than any number of dead police.

33 posted on 09/13/2006 7:35:01 AM PDT by muawiyah
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